Summerville [SC] Civic Ballet, a nonprofit company for dancers ages 9 and older, has designed the First Annual Lowcountry Dance Invitational in an effort to unite local studio dancers and choreographers while promoting dance education and appreciation in the Lowcountry.
Patrick Scully wants to stage a ballet this summer in the Twin Cities that takes place on the Mississippi River and stars dozens of vessels as the “dancers.” The idea, called the Mississippi River Boat Ballet, might seem a bit far-fetched, except that Scully has pulled off a boat ballet before.
A new documentary about American Ballet Theatre in honor of the ballet company’s 75th anniversary will premiere nationwide May 15 at 9pm on PBS’ American Masters program.
Ever since it was reported that The Royal Ballet would visit Washington and Chicago in 2015, rumors have been swirling about a New York stop. The New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog has announced that the rumors are true.
A small ballet class in Mexico received a big surprise recently when they were sent a donation of dance attire from Tillamook’s Oregon Coast Dance Center, reported the Headlight Herald.
Two dancers from Italy have created a website that provides free recordings of musical variations and pas de deux from popular ballet often danced by students in competition or auditions, such as Cinderella, Diana and Actaeon, Giselle, and Paquita.
Movie and TV star Tom Skerritt, perhaps best known to balletomanes for his portrayal as a former dancer and father to Leslie Browne and husband to Shirley MacLaine in 1977’s The Turning Point, will be appearing in the title role of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of Don Quixote.
Included among the dance offerings at the 39th Spoleto Festival USA will be the Scottish Ballet with its acclaimed adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire.
While most of Laura Casellini’s friends were heading off to college and starting their adult lives, the 18-year-old East Greenbush, New York, resident was re-learning to swallow, walk, and speak.
New York City–based company Ajkun Ballet Theatre is now accepting applications from career-oriented dancers ages 14 and older seeking to audition for it summer intensive, “Performing in New York.”
Amanda Schull started dancing before she could recite the alphabet, and by the time she was in her second year of college, she was granted a full scholarship to the San Francisco Ballet School. Soon she became a performer, occasionally dancing featured roles.
The School of Pennsylvania Ballet Summer Intensive audition tour begins this week in Philadelphia and will visit seven additional cities over the next several weeks.
In Soviet Russia in 1930, culture and art were alive, but Stalin was already turning revolution into a brutal state orthodoxy. With the launch of his 1928 five-year plan, and its attendant political persecutions, artists found themselves in serious danger if they were considered to have fallen foul of the official cultural line, reported the Guardian.
Community members and dance aficionados are invited to attend an open house at the Frederick Quinney Lawson Ballet West Academy’s new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, Salt Lake City, on January 10 from 9am to noon.
On Sunday night in Wausau, Wisconsin, about two dozen sleep-deprived young musicians, dancers, actors, and producers between the ages of 9 and 25 performed a play and a rock ballet that came together in a mere 24 hours.
San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker Interactive Storybook application, which launched during the 2013 holiday season, is now available and optimized for Android tablets in addition to iPads.
Peace Corps volunteer Eve Solomon of Ross, California, is helping girls in a small Costa Rican community develop self-confidence and healthy lifestyle habits by introducing them to ballet.
More than 250 objects such as costumes, historical photos, set pieces, tour programs and posters, and documentary video excerpts from four ballets are part of the traveling exhibit, Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts, running now through March 15 at the Fort Wayne [TX] Museum of Art.
Portland [ME] Ballet’s performance last week of The Victorian Nutcracker was spiced with a bit of extra excitement: a surprise pre-show announcement that the ballet’s founder and 35-year executive and artistic director is leaving.
“People often ask what surprised me most about my travels in the world I call the Land of Ballet. What always comes to mind is a single word: generosity.”
Inspired by the costumes, characters, and scenery of the ballet, Clinique collaborated with American Ballet Theatre to capture the elegance and beauty of the ballet for its Nutcracker Suite Collection.
The Nutcracker has become a holiday classic and one of the most popular ballets in the world, but the road from its St. Petersburg premiere in 1892 to annual must-see was neither direct nor easy.
Before Andrew Litton, who has led orchestras around the world, became a conductor, his first real job was accompanying ballet dancers: as a student at Juilliard, he was hired as the onstage pianist for one of Rudolf Nureyev’s engagements on Broadway.
Philip Martin-Nielson has overcome more than most. He took his first ballet class at 6, three years after being diagnosed with autism. After extensive therapy and the rigor of dance—it was his secret ingredient—Martin-Nielson has found his calling as a ballerina. At 20 he is the youngest member of the all-male Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo.
Alla Sizova, one of the leading ballerinas of the Kirov Ballet during the 1960s and ’70s, and an early partner of Rudolf Nureyev, died on November 23 in St. Petersburg, reported the New York Times. She was 75.
Take the ballet The Nutcracker, add more than a dozen dogs, and the classic ballet becomes The Mutt-cracker—to be presented for the third straight year by Birmingham [AL] Ballet, according to AL.com.
New England Ballet Company will perform a special Adaptive Nutcracker Suite today alongside children, teens, and young adults with autism, other developmental disabilities, and in wheelchairs, reported the New Haven [CT] Register.
When Barbara Carson staged Texas’ first full-length production of The Nutcracker in 1960, her Nutcracker prince—Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo dancer George Zoritch—refused to dance with a student, so Carson donned her pointe shoes and danced the role of Sugar Plum Fairy herself.
Charlotte [NC] Ballet’s Patricia McBride was honored for helping to lead that company—and for three decades of masterful dancing at New York City Ballet—Sunday night during the 2014 Kennedy Center Honors.
Every Wednesday, wheelchair user Randy McNeil heads to the Victoria Ballet Academy for ballroom dancing lessons with Wheel Dance, the first subsidized wheelchair social dance program in Canada.
Ballet San Jose School, an American Ballet Theatre certified school, is expanding its annual spring intensive audition tour to include four stops in California and one in Utah.
Public officials and guests are getting their first glimpse today of the new Jessie Eccles Quinney Ballet Centre, home to Ballet West and the Ballet West Academy, as well as renovations at the Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre, located adjacent to the Centre at 50 West 200 South in downtown Salt Lake City. Grand opening ceremonies are being held this afternoon (December 5).
Viewers are invited to go behind the scenes to experience the training of the driven young dancers of the School of American Ballet in Curtain Up: The School of American Ballet Workshop Performances, to be broadcast December 12 at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings).
Many American colleges, conservatories, and universities offer dance programs, but few include a concentration in jazz alongside ballet and modern. Although it may seem odd that jazz dance, a truly American art form, isn’t routinely taken as seriously as other dance forms, a few university programs still keep jazz dance education’s flame alive.
The esteemed Canadian director and choreographer Brian Macdonald died Saturday in Stratford, Ontario, at the age of 86, reported The Globe and Mail.
A year after former Bolshoi Theatre ballet star Nikolai Tsiskaridze was appointed acting head of the celebrated St. Petersburg ballet school, prompting criticism in some circles, the staff of the Vaganova Ballet Academy have voted resoundingly to make his position official.
For a right shoulder sit, start with the female standing in fifth position in front of the male, whose hands are low on her waist; the female assemblés as a preparation.
Where were you on October 1? If you’re a ballet lover, you were probably glued to your computer, watching live feeds from five world-class companies: Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and San Francisco Ballet.
American ballet has never designated a prima ballerina assoluta, but the dancer who wears that title unofficially—thanks to an oft-quoted comment by Rudolf Nureyev—is Cynthia Gregory.
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The Modern Ballet Pianist, a purveyor of recorded music for ballet class, announces its first sheet music book for ballet accompanists. The Classics: Sheet Music for the Ballet Accompanist features 27 pieces of music by composers ranging from Chopin to Rachmaninoff, and specifically arranged with 4 bars of intro and even phrasing for ballet class. Purchase includes free digital download of The Classics album.
IFC Films has debuted a trailer for Match, a film starring Patrick Stewart as an aging ballet instructor at The Juilliard School in New York City, written and directed by playwright Stephen Belber and based on his 2004 Broadway play of the same name.
For 6-foot-6 Joffrey Ballet dancer Fabrice Calmels, officially named the world’s tallest professional ballet dancer by the Guinness Book of World Records this month, rejection was the rule when he was first starting his professional dance career in France.
The Nutmeg Ballet founder Sharon Dante last week received the CultureMax Award, presented by the Northwest Connecticut Arts Council to those who have “elevated the stature of arts and/or heritage within the region of northwest Connecticut.”
Ann Khalid, 12, a student at the Baghdad School of Music and Ballet, is determined to one day have a career dancing and teaching ballet, not an easy path in a country torn for years by conflict.
A newly released trailer gives New York City Ballet fans a sneak peek at BALLET 422, a film that follows NYCB resident choreographer Justin Peck as he crafts a new work—a process that, until this film, had never before been documented at New York City Ballet in its entirety.
Registrations are now being taken for students interested in attending a newly created American Ballet Theatre school, to open in September 2015 on the Segerstrom Center campus in Costa Mesa, California.
Fox has renewed competition series So You Think You Can Dance for season 12, reports Variety, and will be introducing some new twists when the show returns in summer 2015.
The more than 100 well-wishers who recently gathered at Los Angeles’ Hammer Museum to wish happy birthday to famed folk singer Joni Mitchell saw a screening of The Fiddle and the Drum, a film she edited that features a 2007 ballet performance of the same name that she conceptualized and scored with choreographer Jean Grand-Maître, the artistic director of Alberta Ballet in Canada.
The legend of “The Balanchine Plant” goes back to the 1970s, when George Balanchine, co-founder of New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, gave a clipping of his rubber plant to one of his leading dancers at the time, Karin von Aroldingen.